UN hosts two-day forum to assess impact of MDGs on women and girlsListen /
Although there has been significant progress in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) affecting women's and girls' access to education and water, critical shortfalls remain in meeting other targets.
That's what Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director at UN Women, told activists meeting at the UN on Wednesday to review the impact of the eight MDGs on the lives of women and girls.
The goals aim to improve the needs of the world's poorest people by 2015, but Ms. Puri says there's still work to be done to meet the MDG on improving maternal health.
"And this is not only the case of health services being available and delivery, but also about a gender equality/women's empowerment deficit which contributes to maternal mortality. Whether it is child marriage, whether it is not having access because women are prevented from having access to services; so all of that, from the demand side, also, it's very important to look at some of these issues."
Ms. Puri says using a gender perspective to assess the MDGs also reveals stark gaps both between and within countries which can be masked by aggregated global figures.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.